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British blogger with a penchant for making all the cakes and treats! Found at walkstalksandeats.wordpress.com
May & June MiniMoFo

May & June MiniMoFo

For the latest MiniMoFo, we’ve decided to give you a little more time – we’re combining May & June together for one great big MiniMoFo. We’d like to see what food you share with your friends – in whatever way you interpret that. Friends online, in person, family, pets – whoever you like to share food with, we’d like to see it.

So show us your food with friends! Whether you’re spending summer picnicking, or winter getting cosy, show us how you share.

As always, everyone can participate in MiniMoFo, and newcomers are always welcome to join in – the only rule is to keep it vegan! Use the hashtag #MiniMoFo on social media, and link to your blog post in the comments below so that we can come and see what you’ve been cooking and feature you in our roundup post at the end of the two months.

April MiniMoFo

April MiniMoFo

Are you ready for April’s MiniMoFo challenge?

A lot of us are going through the changes in the seasons right now, and you know what that means? Rain. More for some of us than others perhaps, but everyone has a rainy day now and then.

So, what is your rainy day food? When the weather is damp and soggy and you’re stuck inside, what do you like to eat?

Share with us for this month’s MiniMoFo, as always, everyone can participate in MiniMoFo, and newcomers are always welcome to join in – the only rule is to keep it vegan! Use the hashtag #MiniMoFo on social media, and link to your blog post in the comments below so that we can come and see what you’ve been cooking and feature you in our roundup post at the end of the month.

March MiniMoFo Roundup

March MiniMoFo Roundup

Goodbye March! I think it’s felt like quite a long month – but on the other hand, I’m shocked it’s April already! We’ve done a quarter of the year already, wow! This month we gave you the MiniMoFo theme of green, partly inspired by St Patrick’s Day in the middle of the month, and partly because, we’re vegans, we should do green well, right? And we did do green well – here are some of the mouthwatering dishes you’ve shared this month:

One Sonic Bite

Have you seen any of Jennifer’s cocktails throughout VeganMoFo challenges? If not, go and check them out – she always comes up with a great vegan cocktail! And this one is no different – have you ever thought to try a grasshopper with matcha? No? Why not give it a go!

@dimsimkitty

Continuing on the drinks theme, Susan made this Cherry Pie Green Smoothie from a recipe from Greenilicious, a cookbook written by yet another VeganMoFo-er! How cool is that? I’m intrigued by the sound of a cherry pie smoothie. She also wrote a review of the book, if you’d like to check it out!

Living the Dream

Jen made a green grilled sandwich and did some green crafts (check out her blog for the crafts). This sandwich has organic greens, avocado, homemade pesto, pico de gallo, and vegan cheese in it. Yum!

@oohsarracuda

Sarra made a mouthwatering St Patrick’s Day feast – steak & stout stew, colcannon, and herbed soda bread – I could just do with a lovely warming bowl of this!

@veganfeastcatering

More colcannon, just this time deconstructed style from Janet at Vegan Feast Catering! I gotta say, they both look lovely.

My Apologies for the Novel

Julie made loads of recipes for this month’s MiniMoFo – find the links on her blog – all including spinach! Definitely a healthy month for her! This is a creamy raw spinach pasta sauce she made.

@ambereatsveg

Someone else who went all out for MiniMoFo this month is Amber, who had me extremely indecisive about which post of hers to feature! I went with this very green bowl in the end because – it’s just amazingly green! Check out her instagram for more posts.

@mrs.spaetzle

Who can say no to pasta? One of the basic food groups! But it’s even better when made into a delicious meal like this green pasta – mmm!

@crumbs.and.caramel

Yet more colcannon…why not? It’s tasty! This one tops a shepherds pie, which is a pretty ingenious way of using it. Perfect for those cold days.

@mosolyoga

Lasagne is always great, but make it spinach lasagne and turn it green and it is even more exciting! I just love how vibrant the green is in this lasagne.

@bonnie_rabbits

And what could celebrate greenery more than heaps of fresh green vegetables? Look how beautiful these are – and think of all the delightful meals you could cook with them!

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this month’s MiniMoFo – stay tuned to find out April’s!

January MiniMoFo!

January MiniMoFo!

It’s a new year, a new month, and time for a new MiniMoFo! January’s MiniMoFo is all about Creating Warmth. For those of us in the northern hemisphere who are feeling slightly chilly at the moment, you might like to make food that warms you up and staves off the cold. If not, you might want to find other ways to heat up your food – do you use chillies, or peppercorns? Mustard or wasabi? What unusual – or not – ways do you create warmth in your food?

Remember, MiniMoFo is open to anyone – whether you’ve previously participated or not! Just make it vegan, and either use the hashtag #MiniMoFo on social media or post the link in the comments below to be featured in the roundup at the end of them month!

 

 

December MiniMoFo Roundup

December MiniMoFo Roundup

Welcome to 2018! We hope you all enjoyed the holiday season and ate lots of delicious food – and from all the MiniMoFo contributions, we are pleased to see all the baking you’ve been doing/eating!

My Apologies for the Novel

Julie got someone else to do the festive baking for her, and headed to Vegan Treats, an all vegan bakery, where she got a Christmas tree cheesecake-on-a-stick (really! Check out the picture on her blog) and this adorable reindeer cake.

@crumbs.and.caramel

Look at this beautiful chocolate fudge cake from Crumbs and Caramel, topped with frosted berries which make it oh-so-festive!

Herbivore’s Heaven

Jenny went out for a festive afternoon tea – she’s quite the connoisseur of vegan afternoon teas and is keen to point out that this was a rare hummus-free tea, a sign of a truly creative host! Doesn’t it look quaint and tasty?

@raisinsecte

Sophie made a vegan bûche des fêtes – which looks amazingly chocolatey and rich and tasty!

@notfunatparties

Jenny used the Chocolate Yoghurt Bundt Cake recipe from Isa’s Superfun Times cookbook and added mint glaze, sea salt flakes, and raspberry dust to make a beautiful Christmassy cake.

@vegfullife

Hands up who else made sugar cookies this month? A classic for the season, and Kristy’s look delicious topped with buttercream and sprinkles!

Just Bloggs

Justine’s mince pies have homemade pastry and mincemeat – with cranberries for that extra festive touch! Find the recipe on her blog.

@onewindowsarah

Sarah made vegan and gluten free snickerdoodles following an Oh She Glows recipe. Snickerdoodles are great year round, but the spices make them perfect for festivities!

@dimsimkitty

Susan also used the Superfun Times cookbook to make these cranberry spice oatmeal cookies. Cranberries keep cropping up this month and for good reason – they’re delicious!

@veganfeastcatering

Sprinkled with sugar, Janet’s blueberry scones are sparkly and beautiful. Sweet scones are a tasty way to start the day!

@ksp_vgn

Kristen’s array of vegan Christmas cookies is quite breathtaking! Where would you start first? I want to try them all!

@vegan_raptor

Eat the biscuits, you must. Vegan Raptor’s cookies seem to have been held hostage, but they look good enough to fight for.

@lisarturner

Biscotti are another holiday favourite – here are Lisa’s maple-walnut biscotti cooling before being iced. Could you wait?

@veganistamama

Veganista Mama made marzipan from scratch! And coated it in chocolate – which sounds like the perfect snack (and look at the cute snowman plate!)

@juli.ane_x

How about some savoury Christmas baking? Here’s Juli’s Christmas centrepiece – which is quite honestly beautiful! It’s a Moroccan spiced spinach and pumpkin pie and sounds delicious.

@happylittlelunch

As always, Happy Little Lunch has come through with a wonderful lunch for her kid! She’s also included little sugar cookies to decorate to fit into this month’s theme.

@oohsarracuda

Candy canes are so very festive, and stirred into chocolate chip cookies? Yes please! Sarra’s candy cane cookies look amazing.

@ladyfunk25

More cookies? Er, of course! You can never have too many cookies. These crinkle cookies are so pretty, too!

@ambereatsveg

Not only do these cookies look tasty, they also come with a history! Amber veganised her grandmother’s recipe for Mexican Wedding Cookies – veganising family recipes is a wonderful way to bring people together.

@yixzyy

And where would Christmas be without some gingerbread? Emma made these tiny gingerbread men for Christmas!

Living the Dream

If you’ve been following Jen’s story this year, you’ll know that it’s been really rough for her and her family – living in the Keys and being hit very hard by Irma. That makes it even more impressive that she baked hundreds of sugar and gingerbread cookies to give out to the community! How amazing is she?

@vegansneedsauce

Just take a minute to look at that gorgeous gooey chocolate frosting. Ooooh. And doesn’t the raspberry compliment it perfectly? No wonder Emily’s cakes went down a treat at her party!

@vegandollhouse

Isn’t this a work of art?! Vegan Dollhouse’s carousel is stunning, and must have taken a lot of hard work!

@hcmerenda

Crinkle cookies again, because I just love crinkle cookies. Helen made two varieties – chocolate mint and chocolate cardamom. Yum!

 

Thank you everyone who took part in this month’s MiniMoFo – it’s been packed full of some delicious bakes! Stay tuned to find out all about January’s MiniMoFo…

Week 4 Roundup!

Week 4 Roundup!

VeganMoFo is over for another year – hands up if you’ve enjoyed it? We certainly have, and the quality of food posted this year has been as wonderful as we’ve come to expect from our lovely MoFoers. So sit back and enjoy reading this final week’s roundup!

Day 23 – Fancy AF!

@gogreenly318

You need to follow the link and read Libby’s description of this salad – it’s clear how much thought has gone into the creation of it! Including a lesson on the “mush factor” of salads, which I will now always analyse.

@1981lisastevens

More salad today – it’s quite a fancy food it seems! This has vegan hoisin duck, five spice veg, lettuce, avocado, and kale, and certainly quells the notion that salad is boring – I’d happily eat this any day!

@laurenginger

Ah, pizza. Pizza is the ubiquitous food, it can be both super casual, and lovely and fancy too! Lauren’s cauliflower crust pizza with olives and arugula falls into the latter category, and it looks so tasty.

Day 24 – Party!

@notfunatparties

Ok, here’s an aptly named instagram handle for today! I think however, this meal would certainly be fun at parties! Jenny’s theme this month has been to recreate burgers from the TV show, Bob’s Burgers. There have been some amazing creations throughout the month and I have serious burger envy!

@veganosaurus

Veganosaurus’ theme this month has been “Conscious Colourful Consumption” and this beautiful photo highlights just how colourful nature can be. Fresh pomegranate looking like a bowl of precious jewels – perfect for her theme!

@diannewenz

I want to go to this party, don’t you? Dianne’s recipe for buffalo cauliflower bites can be found on her blog, send it to people to get them to make this for your parties!

Day 25 – Cook for your best friend

Wing it Vegan

River has a confession to make, one that might make you very shocked…she doesn’t like pumpkin spice! However, apparently pumpkin is still good, so she’s made these pumpkin-vanilla cupcakes for two…and it does actually sound (and look) like a great combo! Just look at that crispy top.

Things 2 Eat

Moon cooked for her Mr, whose favourite food is Mac and Cheese. Good choice, Mr Moon! This is her butternut squash mac and cheese, with some kale thrown in for good measure. Mmmm!

@veg_domesticgoddess

Kira’s best friend is a picky omnivore – but that’s no problem when you can make food as tasty as this! She hosted a nacho party, which is possibly the best kind of party, featuring ancho lentil tacos and cashew queso. Oh yes!

Day 26 – Showstopper Dessert

@meettheshannons

I think we have discovered a vegan magician here, because this is none other than a vegan pumpkin spice souffle! Who says you have to miss out when you’re vegan? Not us!

Seitan Beats Your Meat

These might be the prettiest cookies I’ve seen. These are Italian Rainbow Cookies, and they are very showstopping. Look at the beautiful colours! And the chocolate!

@zuckerbaby.1

The very modest zuckerbaby claims not to be very good at decorating cakes, but this showstopping dessert proves the opposite! It comes from her very own book, and has two types of ginger in it!

 

 

Day 27 – Meals for the young (at heart)

Southern Food Fiend

Katie, like many of us, associates peanut butter and jam with her childhood. Now, you can have it in a sandwich or…make it into blondies! Her baking looks delicious, and she has a link to the Isa recipe she followed, too!

Banana Curl, Vegan Girl

Laura’s theme this month has been “Magical Unicorn Rainbow Party” which is as fun as it sounds! She has had some really great posts, covering some issues that need to be talked about too. Today, she made a bento box featuring rainbows and unicorns – how happy would you be if this was your lunch?!

@happylittlelunch

All of Happy Little Lunch’s posts are suitable for the young – at heart or not! – and getting closer to Halloween they’re getting spookier and spookier…and even more fun, if that’s possible!

Day 28 – Brunch

@vegan_a_piece_of_cake

Hotel food? Good or no? Well, would you believe it, this breakfast comes from a budget hotel chain in the UK! It certainly looks tasty enough – complete with vegan sausages, hash browns, and beans. Perfect!

My Apologies for the Novel

Julie made “quinoasage” which I don’t know how to pronounce, and potato tofu scramble. It sounds really good, and she did a little drawing of it too – she’s drawn a picture of each of her meals this month!

@ambereatsveg

Absolutely in AWE of Amber’s savoury french toast, it’s made with leftover garlic soup! Garlicky french toast! The best.

Day 29 – History: What would you cook for your favourite historical figure?

Coastal Vegan

Clare writes about Abraham Moss, founder of the Metrolink…ah…read her blog to find out why this is a bit of a fabrication! She headed to Manchester to find some pie to feed him – mighty delicious sounding pie too!

Hasta La Vegan

Emil has been doing his own theme this VeganMoFo, recounting his vegan experience of surgery and recovery. Which included this pumpkin cheesecake, because cheesecake is the perfect food to help you feel better!

@whoawren

Lauren had African Peanut stew – which sounds delicious enough on it’s own, but take a closer look and you can see some gorgeous fresh bread in the background…now that makes it even better!

Day 30 – Holiday Test Run

@jasmineteainmyveins

Sara describes this as “Super 70s hippie food” but I would like it whatever era I’m in! Potato and spinach casserole – baked to perfection – perfect for a nice filling holiday meal!

@theveganbirdie

How would you like some omelette? Vegan, of course, though Ekta describes this mushroom and red pepper frittata as resembling non-vegan omelette “perfectly” – and it’d be a great food to convert people to veganism!

@veganstride

This isn’t holiday themed, but who cares? It’s a mac and cheese burger! It’s vegan! It’s brilliant!

Day 31 – Halloween!

Spabettie

You could have SO MUCH fun creating these “pepper jacks” – making faces, carving pictures, whatever you’re skilled enough to do! Like a mini pumpkin – and stuffed with delicious food too! What more could you want for Halloween?

@mrs.spaetzle

Need to use up some leftover pumpkin? No worries, Mrs Spaetzle is here to help! Here’s some pumpkin pasta, I quote, “more pumpkin than pasta” – perfect for any on sale pumpkins!

@rosamiex

You need some sweet treats to complete your Halloween, and Rosie has you covered with these chocolate cornflake cakes. Click through to her profile to see the spooky sweets she topped them with!

 

That’s it from our final week’s roundup! Thank you all so much for taking part this year, and don’t forget our monthly MiniMoFo challenges will be continuing soon…stay tuned for what’s next!

Robin le Riche Giveaway!

Robin le Riche Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED!

The vegan community is not short of some amazing creators – both in food, as we’ve seen through VeganMoFo, and in art! Robin Le Riche is one of those vegan artists, creating cartoons with vegan, feminist, and anti-fascist messages. Based in Norfolk in the UK, his work features well known cartoon characters such as Barbie, the Ninja Turtles, Pokemon and Care Bears!

We’re lucky enough to have a bundle of some of Robin le Riche’s goodies to giveaway to one happy winner.

If you’d like to win this amazing prize, just answer this question: What cartoon character do you think should go vegan?

You can answer either here or on Instagram. We will choose a winner at random. Competition is open to registered VeganMoFo participants and is international. It will close at midnight Pacific Daylight Time. 

VeganMoFo 2017 Week Two RoundUp!

VeganMoFo 2017 Week Two RoundUp!

This week, our theme was “Behind the Scenes” which has been brilliant because really, we’re all nosy at heart, and we’ve loved seeing the background behind all your food!

October 9th – Go Go Gadget! 

@moth.spit

We’re starting with Ene, who made mustard with a hand blender! Now isn’t that ingenious? Creating food from scratch is very satisfying, and I bet this tastes really good.

One Raw Bite

Jennifer shared her very pretty looking cocktail shaker (but made sure to reassure us that it isn’t actually her most used gadget!). Go and check out her blog, where she has a recipe for a cherry cocktail that sounds oh so good.

@crumbs.and.caramel

Crumbs and Caramel have some amazing looking desserts on their instagram – have you had a chance to check them out yet? This banoffee pie is from Isa & Terry’s Vegan Pie in the Sky cookbook, so you could even make it yourself if you wanted! (Or make it for me…please?)

October 10th – Secret Ingredient

Just Bloggs

Here we have a history of one of the most innovative recent vegan discoveries – aquafaba! Now, this is one that really gets people talking (especially non-vegans). It’s certainly pretty magical though – who would have imagined that vegan meringues could be this easy?

@ladyfunk25

Angie’s secret ingredient is avocado…in a smoothie! It sounds strange when you first hear it, but actually makes a lot of sense. I mean, avocados are lovely and creamy, right? Apparently it gives the bowl a lovely rice pudding texture – this is one to try.

KZ Cakes

KZ’s tomato soup with grilled cheese looks so lovely and warming and comforting! It sounds like just the meal you want to cheer you up on a cold, grey day.

October 11th – Kitchen Tour

Two Happy Rabbits

Just look at this outdoor kitchen! If you’re ever considering travelling and taking a portable kitchen, definitely read this blog post for advice. And whilst you’re there, check out all their other meals and marvel at how they were created outdoors!

Little Vegan Eats

Okay, so this kitchen looks pretty much straight out of a magazine. Hands up who is jealous? Maybe it’s the most beautiful kitchen I have ever seen.

@pennyrakau

Penny posted a shelfie…get it…shelfie…selfie….ha ha! with her cookbooks. How many do you recognise? How many do you own?

 

October 12th – Grocery Store Tips and Tricks

Gonna Go Walk the Dogs

Here we have some great advice – find a farmers market with local produce! If you’re lucky, you’ll have a farmers market nearby with produce as beautiful as this. Just have a look at those amazing carrots!

@steffers_the_gnome

Steph offers advice for anyone travelling – if you fly with Alaska, you can get a vegan picnic pack on the plane! That’s great, for an industry that’s still pretty behind with vegan options. I’d eat this, for sure.

@the_bearded_vegan

On his own theme, The Bearded Vegan cooked up loaded nachos with quinoa, kamut, black beans, Daiya cheeze sauce, and loads more. My mouth is watering just looking at this photo!

October 13th – Sell Yourself

@rosamiex

Rosie would sell pizza, such as this pictured vegan meat feast pizza – featuring homemade soy chicken, chorizo sausage, and lots of cheese! Who says vegans miss out? I’m missing out on this pizza right now though.

@mosolyoga

I think this idea sounds really, really delicious. Sweet vegan snack balls in a recycled paper box, with flavours suitable for adults and children. And they’re so pretty too!

@filthyrichvegan

Filthy Rich already “sell themselves”, ah, so to speak, and took the opportunity to share their vegan muffins! Don’t you think these flavours look really tasty?

October 14th – Repurposing Food

Seitan Beats Your Meat

Now, how comforting does this recipe sound? Tofu noodle soup in homemade bread bowls. The bowls are best a few days old so they hold up to the soup better, which means they’re great for any bread you have leftover!

VeganHaHa

Continuing on the bread theme, we have a classic dessert here – bread and butter pudding! If you’ve never had it before, you should definitely try it! Sure, it sounds a little strange in principle, but it’s so good in reality.

Herbivore’s Heaven

Jenny has been spending VeganMoFo talking about being vegan in Italy (don’t you wish you had a months worth of Italian food to write about?!) and today has some really special gelato on her blog! Actually, keep checking out her posts because there has been a lot of special gelato so far this month.

October 15th – Spicy!

Ichiban Vegan

Would you look at the colours on this? That’s what you get when you combine sweet potatoes with some lovely spices like turmeric, smoked paprika, and more. Check out Jess’ blog for the recipe, and a funny cat too!

Vegansk For Alle

It might not be spicy, but it sure is good. This mississippi mud pie has an oreo biscuit base and a lovely creamy topping (just look at it!).

@masalavegan

With an instagram name of “Masala Vegan”, you’d be expecting lots from their spices, after all, how else would you make masala? And you’re not going to be disappointed. A proper spice tray, full of whole spices – it’s beautiful isn’t it?

 

Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen Giveaway!

Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen Giveaway!

THIS GIVEAWAY HAS NOW CLOSED

Congratulations to our winner, Accidentally Meatless.

Richa Hingle is a cookery star. With a bestselling book, Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, under her belt, and hundreds more recipes on her blog, she’s become known as one of the best vegan bloggers out there. And did you know she participated in VeganMoFo herself for many years? You can find her VeganMoFo posts here!


Richa recently released her new book, Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen, which you can find details of where to purchase it here on her blog. In celebration of that, we’re teaming up with the book’s publishers, Vegan Heritage Press, to give one lucky VeganMoFo participant the chance to win a copy! We’ve also got an interview with Richa herself to share with you. For competition details, see the end of this post.

First things first, welcome back to VeganMoFo, Richa! You participated in VeganMoFo for a few years in the early 2010s, do you have good memories of the event?

Absolutely! I had so much fun getting creative through the month, participating in the Chopped Challenge, and meeting so many bloggers. Its so great to find people who are vegan, and who cook amazing vegan food.

Your first book, Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen, was a huge success. Did you ever dream of being a cookbook author when you were younger?

I might have thought of writing fiction book but never a cookbook. I used to spend some time in the kitchen with mom in high school, when I felt like it and would mess up her recipes by adding my own spin. She would then make back up meals just in case  .

Do you have a favourite recipe, out of the ones you’ve published on your blog and in your books?

This is so hard to choose. I mean there are over a 1000 recipes now between the blog and the 2 books. It depends on the day, the amount of work I want to do and so on.

With food blogging, I often am cooking for the blog and trying out new stuff, so in general on an off day when I cook with leisure or if hubbs is cooking, we prefer simple Indian meals. Some Butter Tofu, Chard and peas and creamy sauce, Pasanda sauce with veggies, Rajma or Pindi Chole. On the weekend, I make a batch of my mozzarella (in the book) to make a margherita or top any other pizza. I have also been using Baharat and berbere blends in various new ways and loving the broccoli Baharat casserole from the book.

What would be your advice for someone looking to start cooking Indian food?

Buy my first book! Don’t be intimidated by Indian food. It is probably easy for me to say that, but Indian food has amazing options and so much is easily vegan or veganizable. The spices and preparation might be intimidating at first. But just pick up one recipe at a time, for which you have most of the ingredients and spices and go with it. Try it once, twice, thrice. It is just the initial hurdle of ingredients and newness. Once you start cooking some Indian dishes, its easy to get a hang of the style, timings, the spices needed and so on. The dish can always be adjusted during cooking.

Also, don’t let one recipe make your decision of whether you like Indian food or not. There are also many spices and flavors that make up a dish and one of them might not be to your liking. Or it could be just the wrong recipe. There are several different sub cuisines in Indian cuisine using very different textures and flavors, so you can hopefully find one that you love.

Your latest book, Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen, has several chapters with different kinds of meals and cuisines. Which was your favourite chapter to work on?

Another tough one. I had fun making Burgers and Pizzas and the favorite was the Buffalo and Firecracker and the Masala Chapters. Spice + Heat! The buffalo chickpea pizza, Pecan lentil burgers, Baharat chickpea burgers, the deep dish pizza, lentil balls in butter sauce, firecracker crunchy salad…

You have so many recipes! How do you go about getting inspiration for them?

It is mostly organic. Someone will request a recipe that I haven’t put on the blog and I put my spin to it. I try new things at restaurants and something will pique my interest and I note the flavors and textures to make a similar thing, or just an idea of using the flavor combination or technique elsewhere. Sometimes the inspiration is seasonal, and I have this amazing produce or an amazing new spice that I should use in some ways and I will look up ideas on the web or make variations of my existing recipes. For me, it is easier to experiment with ethnic cuisines than everyday American meal options. The Burgers, Alfredo, desserts tend to be the ones that get a lot more searches on the web. So I look for inspiration from popular recipes and make my version of them as well.

What are your plans for the future? More cookbooks? Or would you like to go down the Isa Chandra route and open a restaurant?

Restaurants aren’t something I can do with my physical limitations. If anyone wants to open one with my recipes, then go for it. Cookbooks and blog are keeping me busy for now.

Fans of your instagram will have seen your stories featuring your dog. Tell us a little bit about him!

Chewie is a very loving dog who we adopted from a rescue many years ago when he was 3. He is 12 now, has slowed down and has opinions about everything. He loves to sleep, eat, sleep, cuddle and repeat. He is one of the reasons we went vegan. He has so much personality and so much love(and orders these days) to give.

Do you have any vegan heroes – people who’ve inspired you along your blogging and cookbook writing journey?

I have several people I look up do in different ways. People like Eileen Weintraub and Erika Abrams, who work with rescues and sanctuaries in India with a complex set of problems for animals there. People like Gene Baur who work in the field here and spread the message of the choices we need to make. My husband who constantly encourages me to put in my best at what I love to do. Blog readers who write to me about their journeys into eating more plants and eliminating animals from their plates. People who look at the current issues and problems in an open and clear way and work to find solutions and actions. Animals who survive after the many different ordeals thrown their way. I also take inspiration from great food, chefs, authors and bloggers, such as Terry Hope Romero, Miyoko Schinner, Isa Chandra.

Thanks so much to Richa for doing this interview! 

 

Win a copy of Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen! 

We’re giving you the chance to win a copy of Vegan Richa’s Everyday Kitchen by Richa Hingle.  Author of Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen and former VeganMoFo participant, Richa has put together a book packed full of flavoursome dishes like one-pot peanut butter noodles, chickpea chilaquiles and (brace yourselves) samosa-stuffed French toast.  Wow!

For your chance at winning, leave a comment either here on our Instagram post telling us:  What would the theme of your cookbook be?  We’ll choose a winner at random.  This giveaway is only open to participants in the USA who are registered for VeganMoFo.  Participants are allowed to enter all five giveaways this week, you don’t need to limit yourself to one.  The competition closes at midnight Pacific Daylight Time.  Good luck!

 

Welcome to VeganMoFo 2017!

Welcome to VeganMoFo 2017!

It’s October 1st, which means it’s VeganMoFo time! We hope you are really excited. Don’t forget to keep posting and commenting, and use the hashtag #vgnmf17 to show up on our instagram feed too.

Here’s a reminder of our weekly themes and daily prompts for you – though remember, they’re entirely optional, if you’d like to do your own theme or just go your own way, go for it!

Week 1: Changing Vegan Perceptions  (Sunday 1st-Sunday 8th)

1st: Re-inventing the veggie option – Think of a boring, bog-standard veggie option like nut roast or risotto and give it a makeover.

2nd: Junk food forever! – It’s not all kale chips and chia seeds being a vegan – show us your fave vegan junk food.

3rd:  But where do you get your protein? – Make a protein packed meal.

4th:  Catering – Improve on the worst catered meal (wedding, party, conference, etc) you’ve been served.

5th:  Conversion meal – What would you make to convince an omni to convert?

6th:  Vegan Cheese is “real” cheese! – Showcase your best cheesy dish.

7th:  Original vegan: Vegan meals that aren’t trying to replicate meat/omni ingredients

8th:   You do make friends with salad – A salad to win anyone’s heart.

Week 2:  Behind the Scenes: (Monday 9th-Sunday 15th)

9th:  Go go gadget – A kitchen gadget you couldn’t live without, be it a simple grater or a blender. Alternatively, use a gadget you very rarely use.

10th:  Secret ingredient – Is there an unconventional ingredient or product you use to make a certain dish that no one would suspect?

11th:  Kitchen tour!

12th:  Grocery store tips and tricks

13th:  Sell yourself  – If you were going to market a food  you make, what would it be?  How would you package it, and who would buy it?  (Or if you have already done this, tell us about the creative process.)

14th:  Repurposing food – Show us what you do with mushroom stems, stale end bits of bread, carrot tops, etc.

15th:  Spicy! – Talk us through your spice rack or cook with your favourite spice.

Week 3:  Ingredient Challenges  (Monday 16th-Sunday 22nd)

16th: Survival food – There’s a zombie apocalypse!  What can you make from just canned or foraged food?

17th: Let’s get boozy! – Food involving booze, like beer brats, Welsh rarebit or a boozy dessert. Feel free to make a non-alcoholic version if you prefer.

18th:  Chocolate – Today is Chocolate Cupcake Day, but you can make anything you want with chocolate!

19th: A dish with five ingredients or fewer (not including cooking oil and salt and pepper)

20th: Deconstructed dish – Hipster style food. Serving it on a slate is optional.

21st: Making the humble potato the star of the show

22nd: Unconventional grains – Cooking with freekeh, buckwheat, sorghum, etc – try something you wouldn’t usually!

Week 4:  Entertaining  (Monday 23rd-Tuesday 31st)

23rd: Fancy af – Dazzle us with your haute cuisine or gourmet dishes.

24th: Party! – Canapés, finger foods, something to share.

25th: Cook for your best friend – Tell us about your best friend and their favourite dish, make them a vegan version of it.

26th: Showstopper Dessert – Something that would earn a handshake from Paul Hollywood!

27th: Meals for the young (at heart)

28th: Brunch: the under appreciated get-together meal.

29th: History – What would you cook for your favourite historical figure?

30th: Practice run a dish for Thanksgiving, Christmas,  or another upcoming holiday

31st: Halloween – Try not to scare us too much with your spookiest dish.